Ba'ku was an inhabited M-class planet in an unnamed star system. This planet was located in Federation space in the Briar Patch, Sector 441. The planet was characterized by a unique effect caused by the rings that caused the inhabitants to live extended life spans. This planet was home to a colony.
The planet was home to a Ba'ku settlement, established in 2066 by a group who had fled their unnamed star system. This group feared that their species was heading to self-annihilation. In 2275, a group of young Ba'ku wanting to follow the ways of the offlanders (people not born on Ba'ku) attempted to take over the colony and failed. For their punishment, they were exiled. Over the decades, they became known as the Son'a. In 2375, there were six hundred Ba'ku living on the planet.
That same year, an attempt by the Son'a – led by Ahdar Ru'afo, and assisted by Starfleet officers under Matthew Dougherty – to strip the planet of its metaphasic particles and to forcefully relocate the Ba'ku to another planet, was thwarted by the actions of Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-E. The Federation Council halted the relocation, while they conducted a top-level review; while, at the same time, the Son'a and the Ba'ku began the process of healing.
There are many species of animal life on the Ba'ku planet, several of which can be seen in a Ba'ku children's book. These species' names are unknown, but pictures have been seen of a six-legged turtle-like animal, a polar bear-like animal, an animal that resembles an ancient Earth pterodactyl, and a Ba'ku butterfly.
Ba'ku wildlife Edit
According to the Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 60) and on the chart "United Federation of Planets I", Ba'ku was located in the Ba'ku system. This system was located in the Beta Quadrant. This system was a single star system. Primary was a Class K star with a magnitude of +5, which was the same brightness as Sol. Ba'ku was listed as a member planet of the Federation in 2378.